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Inspirational Moment – Stephanie
Greeter – Kathy
Scribe – Linda
Set up – Scott & Mike Caldwell
Ronya & Ryan, grandchildren of Gayel
Frankie, son-in-law of Dennis G
Scott’s son Bryce
Birthdays: Jeff, Rob, Rick & Paul
New club banners need gluing
A secretary is needed for next year’s board (ask Bill Shouse for info)
Nick O, Linda B, Mike C, Lou T & Bill S attended the District Assembly on Saturday morning. It was a fun and concise event.
The CERT event is Saturday. Everyone should be at the Rotary Park by 9:30 am. Rick G. donated $1000. All goods donated will be stored in different Ojai neighborhoods.
Scott is happy that all 12 of his cub scouts have become Boy Scouts now, including his son.
Linda Burr happy to celebrate her granddaughter’s 6th birthday. She is also happy that she had “Come to Rotary” cards made up and was able to hand out some.
Gayel is happy that her grandkids are at the meeting
Frank is happy that he was able to see his mom, and that he is working on his deck now
Dennis G thanks Bill Shouse for membership
Paul’s son went to see a Ducks hockey game and got a puck
Rick is happy to see his 3 grandkids got braces
Mike C is happy for the rain and that Cal Poly was in the NCAA playoffs
Fines –Rob –Topic – April Fools Day
—since everyone gets fined, we did table fining today
What is the oldest joke? Ha, Ha, made you look.
How long has April Fools Day been celebrated? Mid 16th century—even mentioned in Chaucer
What is this day called in Italy and France? April Fish
What is called sending people on a Fool’s Errand? A wild goose chase.
Some famous corporate & not so corporate April Fool jokes:
Taco bell claimed in 1996 that they purchased the Liberty Bell, renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell
Google launched G-mail in 2004, offering free Gig of storage, but no one believed it
In Japan, pizza was advertised as being sold in a can
Burger King advertised a new product, that they were introducing a left handed Whopper. They had to print a retraction when thousands came to the store asking for the left handed Whopper, or asking for “the regular Whopper”
The Eiffel Tower in Paris was supposedly sold to Disney, to be reconstructed at Euro Disney
Modern technology ruined Lindsey Lohan’s joke—she tweeted that she was pregnant, but in Europe it was already April 2
New Zealand had to re-issue traffic regulations when they came out on April 1, as no one believed they were real.
There was an article in the Ventura Star that a huge wave had destroyed the Ventura Pier. Hundreds of people came down to see the damage.
The Talk of the Nation claimed that Richard Nixon was running for president in 1992. His campaign slogan was ”I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again”
The LA Times claimed that the LA highway system would be closed for 1 month!
Program: Eric Schalla –Shelter Box USA
Eric lives in Ventura, but attended Matilija Jr Hi for 8th grade, so is familiar with Ojai.
The Shelter Box contains everything for emergency shelter: a tent (including a tent liner for cold climates), water filter, blankets, pots, mosquito net, stove, school supplies, hand tools. This program was conceived by John Anderson, A Rotarian in England, 20 years ago. Shelter Box was the first global partner of Rotary, and is still based in the UK. Shelter Box was launched to fill the void when disaster strikes and shelter is desperately needed.
Eric went to N. Iraq, to Kurdistan in Nov, 2012 to bring Shelter Boxes to Syrian refugees there. (Eric had been deployed 3 times while in the Marines to the Middle East)
There are 2,000,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq now, a huge humanitarian crisis, with 60,000 in the Kurdistan camps.
Shelter Box also has a Classroom in a Box. There are 200 trained staff around the world that can be deployed to disaster areas. Once the boxes are shipped, they are usually stuck in customs in the home country, and the supplies need to be “baby sat”. Usually military planes are used to transport the Shelter Boxes. All boxes are funded by donations, and the network of Rotarians makes it work.
Some other locations where Shelter Box communities have been set up: N. Africa, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines.
Each box costs $1000.
Six months after deployment of the boxes, a team makes a follow-up visit to see how everything is working. How are the tents holding up, what does the camp need, etc. Photos of the sites showed latrine tents also.
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